Commemorate Denham Springs’ recovery from the Great Flood of 2016

Mayor Gerard Landry has announced that the City of Denham Springs will present a free “Denham Strong” event, Friday through Sunday, August 18-20, at the Denham Springs Train Station Park to commemorate the community’s flood recovery efforts since the flood of 2016. The three-day event will feature concerts, food, bouncy houses, kids’ activities, a jambalaya cook-off and live music.

Railroad Ave. will be closed to traffic, and events will be in Train Station Park and the adjacent parking lot of the current location of Denham Springs City Hall (Former Capital One building a the corner of Railroad Ave. and Hummell St.).
Mayor Landry said, “Although we will be in flood recovery for a while, we are making significant progress toward a complete recovery. The residents, businesses and churches of our community endured an unprecedented flooding event August 2016. They received a significant amount of damage to their homes, businesses and to their hearts. lf you did not flood, your neighbor, your family or your co-worker did.
“Our goal (with this event) is to give back to our community. We want to put smiles on faces. Give children the opportunity to play, eat and enjoy being a kid. So many of them are still displaced and/or living in FEMA trailers. We also want to honor first responders, the Cajun Navy and everyone who helped all of us heal during our recovery process.”
Friday night, popular local singer Chase Tyler will perform at 6 pm at Train Station Park in the Antiques District to kick off the downtown events. Also on Friday, Denham Strong will present to the community the results of the survey of citizens regarding what they want for the future of Denham Springs, at 5 pm at First Pentecostal Church, 1020 S. Range Ave. in Denham Springs.
Saturday morning has a luncheon for first responders at 10 am at First Pentecostal Church to thank them for their great response and sacrifices during the flood.
Other Saturday attractions include a jambalaya cook-off at noon at Train Station Park , rides for kids and the entire family 3-8 pm, and a concert by Surrender All at 6 pm, followed by a second concert with a band TBA.
The final day will include a city-wide gospel celebration Sunday night with a church service and hot dogs and hamburger cook-out, starting at 6 pm. The location will be announced soon.
“Our entire city came together as one to help each other’s needs,” Mayor Landry said. “We “We would like to share a few days of fellowship with our community, and give them the opportunity to have a few fun-filled days of relaxation and fun.”
All events will be free.

Would you like to help with the recovery celebration?

Anyone who would like to help with the “Denham Strong” event August 18-20 is welcome to join the city of Denham Springs as a sponsor through a donation of cash, gift cards, merchandise or services.
There are various levels of sponsorship available as well as gift cards and donated items – Names of donors will be announced at events and in media releases.
Checks can be made payable to: City of Denham Springs, and mailed to P. O. Box 1629, Denham Springs, LA 70727. The city will also be happy to pick up donations; just call City Hall, 225-665-8121.